C4D Tutorial: How to make an Ocean, Waves or Water

C4D Tutorial How To Make Waves Ocean Water

UPDATE: I lied! It’s available in R12 and above, not just R14. Sorry about that!

In this tutorial I’ll show you a couple ways to make ocean, water or waves in Cinema 4D including the free HOT4D plugin which is absolutely incredible! If you make anything cool with it, shoot me a link!


Get the HOT4D Plugin here: http://www.valkaari.com/?cat=40

To get the free scene file from Helge Kiehl go here: https://vimeo.com/57924940

To get the free scene file from Mostyle go here: https://vimeo.com/57351572


    1. Jenson

      R14 only :( bummer

      • Joren

        Looks like I was wrong! It’s R12 and above, so enjoy!

        • Jenson

          Cool! I guess only the vertex maps require R14 :)

    2. Luciano Daluz
      Luciano Daluz04-16-2013

      Hey Joren. It just crossed my mind. Why dont you put some modeling tutorials for sell?

    3. Charles Rowland
      Charles Rowland04-16-2013

      nice. i have been playing with this recently too!

    4. Hang Sothea
      Hang Sothea04-17-2013

      The best tutorial so great

    5. Jon Bennett
      Jon Bennett04-17-2013

      Nice overview of the plugin, definitely going to try this sometime. On a side-note, what’s going on with your desktop recording? On the playback it seemed to be buffering every 15 frames or so in areas of large detail, maybe it’s some settings you’ve changed on iShowU?

      • Joren

        Yeah, some setting must have changed on my end and I didn’t catch it. I’ll check into it for the next tutorial, sorry about the crappy quality! :(

    6. Max

      I have a question. How does one link an object to flow with waves. I have checked that project file from the third video, i cant figure it out since Im new to C4D. Is there a specific setting or you need to link something to something? Thanks in advance.

    7. Mike

      I tried making ocean waves using HOT4D, but instead this happened.

      Thanks for the great tutes!

    8. roger

      heyy i try this and it didn’t work form please help me i’m pc

    9. Jonny

      Hello Thepixellab.net

      Tried to Install Hot4D, but it does not come up. There is an error message saying that the file can not be installed. I use C4D R14 Studio on a PC. Can anyone help me?


    10. Tom Daigon
      Tom Daigon10-26-2013

      Joren, I have had this working fine in R14. But I installed in the exact same manner in R15 and it does not seem to be working. I load the plugin but there is only an axis evident on the screen. No mesh is there.

    11. Tom Daigon
      Tom Daigon10-26-2013

      Never mind. The CG Tuts lesson I was watching neglected to mention you needed to load a plane and parent Hot4D to it. : /

    12. Sabeeh Murtaza Mirza
      Sabeeh Murtaza Mirza02-02-2014

      Thankx for the tutorail..but my cinema 4d r13 dont show hot4d plugin..i extracked it and copied its file to plugin folder..its not working..Plz help

    13. Cristian

      Thanks for the tutorials! I was looking for them for a while.

    14. Majeed

      Hi Joren.

      Thanks for such a great tutorial and especially for the plugins. It is appreciated.

      Love you.


    15. MCows

      Looks great from above, any way to get the white caps to hold up when you move the camera down to sea level?

    16. Gilliam

      Sonofamother! this is amazing. Thanks again sir!

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